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Celebrity falls from grace documented in new book

Fallen Idols
22 October 2013
Carol King
Out Now

Many of the world’s most successful people have seen their career take a nosedive following sex scandals, accusations of sleaze, raging addictions, brushes with the law, corruption or financial troubles.

The higher they have risen in the public eye, the greater their fall.

Some public figures bounced back, were forgiven and rehabilitated into the public sphere, others never have been. Some, like Amy Winehouse, died still haunted by the demons that had plagued them in their often tragically short yet spectacular lives. While there are others, like Jimmy Saville, whose dark secrets were only revealed after they died.

Fallen Idols looks at the Hollywood greats, pop icons, sex symbols, politicians, sports stars and celebrities, who became household names but fell from grace.

With a combination of superb photographs and informative commentary, Fallen Idols charts the demise of the powerful and popular, who once had the world at their feet, from President Richard Nixon to Elvis Presley, and Marilyn Monroe to Whitney Houston.

Drawing on the Daily Mirror’s outstanding archive combined with Haynes Publishing’s wealth of experience, Fallen Idols tells the story of some of the most spectacular falls from grace by powerful, rich and famous figures of modern times.

About the author

Carol King has been a writer for almost thirty years, first as a technology journalist for magazines, newspapers, radio and TV, and later switching to art, cinema, travel and history. She has contributed to more than 20 books including Art: The Whole Story and 1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die, and co-authored As Much As I Can, a biography of the actor, theatre and film director Peter Glenville. She spends her time between London and a small town in Sicily.

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